In part thanks to foreign-trained local chefs, the past decade has brought a gastronomic revolution to Budapest—slimmer menus, inventive recipes, and healthier ingredients are replacing the gut-busting plates of the communist era. A word to the wise: many of these places offer a weekday lunch prix fixe for a fraction of the regular prices. And if you prefer to stick to old-school, traditional Hungarian dishes, try these restaurants.
Borkonyha (Winekitchen) is a wildly popular upscale restaurant in Budapest's downtown, serving European fine dining staples and more than two hundred types of Hungarian wines. Head chef Csaba Puskás puts out colorful, almost artistically visual plates made from locally-sourced ingredients.